Like all the major Motor Shows around the world, the Frankfurt Motor Show is one where all car manufacturers pull out all the stops to attract the biggest crowds to their stands. This year was no exception, especially for the German manufacturers, who were eager to shine in their home Motor Show.
Audi showed off their all new electric A2 concept, which should be on the market in 2013. The silhouettte is nearly identical to the original A2, with underpinnings of the current A1. This new A2 highlights the new LED design, known as “matrix beam”, which are supposed to have less glare than normal LEDs.At the moment not much is known about what sort of engines the A2 will make use of, however rumours suggest that Audi will provide the option of an all electric A2 as well as a range extended version. With the four individual seats, this car will face stiff competition from BMW’s i3.
Audi also revealed the Urban Concept, an electric car designed for cities. The car has been built as both a coupe and a spyder, and Audi has no plans to put this car into production. it is merely a developmental study to explore new areas of engineering, styling, packaging and construction.The car is powered by a 15kW battery found in the rear of the car, with a top speed of 62mph.
BMW revealed is i3 and i8 to the public. Click on the link to read my article on the BMW i3 and i8.
Citroen revealed its latest piece of automotive madness, the Tubik. It is their interpretation of a radical MPV, and well, it certainly is radical, to say the least. The van is inspired by the TUB and Type H light vans from the past. It is designed to fit nine people in comfort. another interesting bit about this van is its “lounge-style cocoon” interior. This interior features a leather floor, felt seats, ambient lighting, a Tv screen and surround sound. Powering this home cinema on wheels is PSA’s Hybrid4 technology.
Ferrari unveiled its 458 Italia Spider. Read about it here.
Fiat unveiled its magnificent Panda. A new design that still heralds to the original design. Check out the New Fiat Panda here.
Ford unveiled its new Evos concept, which everyone is hailing as the successor to the Capri. I disagree, but that is probable because I cannot stand the sight of a Capri, and I quite like this concept. The car is meant to show off Ford’s latest design language. Rumour has it that Ford is seriously considering putting this car into production, however, i doubt the scissor doors will make it into production. The car is powered by a 2.0l petrol engine and an electric motor.
Honda has finally taken wraps off its latest generation of the Civic. The previous generation was popular for its futuristic design, with triangular exhausts and rocket style door handles. This latest generation, is not going to be remembered in the same way. In fact, to my eyes it looks… horrid. Think of it what you will, butto my eyes the Alfa Giulietta is a far better looking choice.
Apart from the new design, Honda is claiming this car a higher quality interior, as well as improved driving dynamics. The car shall be available withing the coming months, with engines ranging from a 1.4 to 1.8l petrols, and a 2.2l diesel. With this new car comes the introduction of a new 1.6l diesel, an engine size very popular in Europe. This car also has a claimed 470litres of luggage space.
Now for the star of the show, the Jaguar C-X16. This new sportscar is slated for production, with a price tag of around €60,000. The interesting news about this car is that it is in fact a hybrid, propelling the car from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds. The designs shows off Jaguar’s latest design direction. Also, one of the key factors of this car, is the lightweight construction, made from aluminium.
The engine is a 3.0l V6 producing 375bhp, combined with a 95bhp electric motor. This car also makes use of the tried and tested eight speed ZF gearbox. The car is limited to 186mph.
Another big hit, from Jaguar’s sister company, is the new Land Rover Defender. This is still merely a concept car, and was shown off to see the public’s reaction to this replacement for the iconic 67 year old Defender. The next generation defender is slated to go into production in 2015. There is no word of what engines will be available, and no concrete decisions have been made to the platform of the car. To add to the further excitement, Land Rover have also created a convertible version of this concept car.
Lastly the Maserati Kubang Concept, a car created to show off their intentions for their forthcoming Cayenne rival. While it is merely a concept, Maserati claims that certain elements of this concept will make it into production. I for one am astonished with the way this car looks. I was apprehensive when I heard about this SUV, as I believe a company like Maserati should not be making SUVs, as it does not really form part of their DNA. However,having seen what they can do, I am looking forward to the production version. To read more about the production version of this car click on this link
Lots to look forward to over the coming months and years. Lets hope the Paris Motor Show is as good as this.